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    Default Air crash Friday 14 October 1949

    Hi

    On Friday 14 October 1949 a Gloster meteor crashed at Exmoor killing

    Flight Lieutenant 164234 William Stuart McLehose
    Pilot Officer 1583437 Frank Foster

    Can anyone tell me the aircraft serial number and RAF Squadron, please.

    Many thanks

    Graeme

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    Graeme,

    Meteor T.7 serial VW434. Have location as Withypool, Somerset

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    Halley, in BROKEN WINGS, records it as;

    56 Squadron, flew into high ground in cloud during instrument flying, Sherdon Farm, Sandway, near Withypool, Devon.

    Ian Macdonald

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    Ian/Dg,

    Many thanks both for your time and trouble. much appreciated.

    Graeme

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    To add a little more context: Foster was aged 27 and McLehose 25. A farm worker; Mr A F Buckingham is recorded as being 'gravely injured' but I have not followed through to see if he survived.

    The aircraft had been airborne for 30 minutes on an instrument training sortie and it first struck a 10 feet high beech hedge, located at a height of 1300 feet above sea level, and whilst travelling at 'high speed'. The aircraft continued in a starboard turn, crossing a steep river valley and then striking a stone wall before breaking up. It was wreckage from the disintegrating aircraft that hit Mr Buckingham.

    Somebody (can't now remember who) contacted me a while ago about this accident in connection with a memorial at/to be erected at, the accident site.

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    The Times (15 Oct) carried a brief report which describes four civilians being injured, one seriously.

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    There does not seem to be any A F Buckinghams registered in the death indexs during 1949 and 1951 at least not in somerset.

    The airmens deaths are registered in Exmoor, Somerset district.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Frank Foster pilot was my uncle, interesting that he has been mentioned, i have visited the site near to the crash.

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    Interesting that a response on this Thread has popped up.

    Jacqueline, apparently there was some discussion elsewhere about plans for a memorial stone or other permanent commemoration. Do you know if this has come to fruition?

    Colin Cummings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldduffer View Post
    Interesting that a response on this Thread has popped up.

    Jacqueline, apparently there was some discussion elsewhere about plans for a memorial stone or other permanent commemoration. Do you know if this has come to fruition?

    Colin Cummings
    Hello Colin it has been a number of years since we located and visited close to the site, we ourselves had spoken also about some memorial if possible, we are likely to visit area again next year and take a further look, will find out who land belongs to and if they agree to such a thing, to my knowledge no one else has plans for any commemoration, but would be keen to find out who it may be, i feel fortunate to have been passed on all of the interesting letters,logs etc of my uncle even though we never met. I will persue the possibilities and let you know.

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